Ryan Nowicki Reportedly Transferring From Penn State, Likely To Illinois

Just hours after Penn State lost their first committed recruit from the class of 2013 to the Michigan Wolverines, the team has now also reportedly lost their first roster player.

Tuesday night it was reported that redshirt freshman right tackle Ryan Nowicki will transfer from Penn State University and likely enroll at the University of Illinois.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, Ross Douglas, who was expected to play cornerback for the Nittany Lions next fall before he decommitted from the school, committed to Michigan.

That players would leave Penn State's football program in the wake of NCAA's harsh penalties against the school is no surprise, but that the first two players to actually do that would potentially join rival Big Ten schools has to be a bit more frustrating for PSU fans.

A three-star recruit from Arizona, Nowicki was pursued by a number of schools from around the country coming out of Glendale's Cactus High school.

Following his commitment to Penn State, he was quoted as calling Happy Valley, Pennsylvania "an amazing place".

For more on Nittany Lions football, visit SB Nation's Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire

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